Urban Art

DALeast /   Unknown

China 1984

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti


January 13, 2014

DALeast is a Chinese artist whose unusual paintings, which are sometimes hundreds of feet across, can look 3D and as if they were created out of thousands of tiny metal shards, but in fact they have been spray-painted onto a flat surface.

Background and Style

DALeast was born in Wuhan, China where he has been making art since he was three; ‘I worked on everything when I was in China – painting, sculpture, installations, synchronizing performance, and digital art. He studied Sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts.

DALeast - Laten Photon V, 2014 - Photo Credits DALeast
DALeast – Laten Photon V, 2014

Animals are his main subject matter. His animals are typically depicted in two disconnected parts, often disintegrating at the center or falling away at the sides. Within every piece of DALeast’s art, a pop of color observed in the background brings his subject to life. This allows him to focus on the intricacy of his technique while delivering his final product. The use of fractured imagery and contrasting backgrounds serve to give his art a breath of energy and soul that can sometimes be lost in art with a more somber subject matter.

Currently a Human Being

His use of animals, he says, reflects the human condition.

DALeast is self-described as “currently a human being.” He has worked on a vast number of projects, starting in 2005, throughout Beijing, China, as well as South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Namibia, the United States, and many other countries throughout Europe and Africa.

DALeast - Osteoplasty, 2012 - Photo Credits DALeast
DALeast – Osteoplasty, 2012

He lives in Cape Town, South Africa but spends six months of the year travelling and has tagged walls on nearly every continent.

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Main StreetPrint Them All, Mohammed VI Museum, Rabat, MoroccoGroup
2015The Color and the Fury10 Years of Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2015Moleskine Project IVHashimoto Contemporary,San Francisco, USAGroup
2014The Laten Photon Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, USASolo
2014Greetings from New York City Jonathan LeVine Gallery Visits Berlin - Urban Nation & Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2014ART14 Art Fair The Outsiders, London, UKGroup
2013The DALeast London DareUrban Interactive Project - London, UKSolo
2013BRUTALLazarides, London, UKGroup
201310 Years of Wooster Collective, 2003—2013 Wooster Collective & Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY, USAGroup
2013Avant-Garde Urbano Tudela de Navarra, SpainGroup
2013DOS Toronto, CanadaGroup
2013Cash,Candy&CansHilger, Vienna, AustriaGroup
201310 Year Anniversary Show White Walls & shooting Gallery, San Fransisco, USAGroup
2013CRUNCH The Outsiders, Newcastle, UK Group
2012Powder Of LightJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, USASolo
2012Fever Of The Worn LandUrban Painting Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2012Antenna Garden Rtist Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2012Hybrid ThinkingWooster Collective & Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2012Streets of the World Opera Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2012Picks of the Harvest Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City LA, USAGroup
2012Wild At Heart, Keep Wildlife in the WildThinkspace Gallery, Culver City LA, USAGroup
2012Crossing Borders MSA Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Herzensbrecher Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, Germany Group
2011Welcome To The Jungle Urban Painting Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2011MSAGallery Launch MSA Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Fresh ProduceAnno Domini Gallery, San Jose, USAGroup
2011Outside - 34FineArtCape Town, South AfricaGroup
2011City LeaksCologne, GermanyGroup
2010Romans of ChinaNew York, USAGroup
2008Du Bai Beijing, ChinaGroup
2007Still Crazy - JEJ/Venus CrewWuhan, ChinaGroup
2007The Only-Child Generation Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2007DAL+YYY - IndeepentendGuangzhou, China Group
2005Post CalligraphyBeijing, ChinaGroup